We told you about this time last month that information regarding SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE, the latest half-hour comedy to arrive on HBO, was about to surface. There was far too much information withheld for a show about to debut. Now, some more intel has trickled in.
First, is the news that it is set to premiere on SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 at 10:30 pm right after the return of THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES. It will play out for a total of seven (7) episodes. Below is the official wording:
Starring and executive produced by comedian and singer Bridget Everett, the seven-episode HBO original comedy series SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE debuts on SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:30-11:00pm ET/PT) on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max. From Mighty Mint, Duplass Brothers Productions, and creators & executive producers Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen (writers on HBO’s HIGH MAINTENANCE), the series follows Sam (played by Everett), a true Kansan on the surface, but, beneath it all, struggling to fit the hometown mold.
We don’t quite know the stresses Sam has endured or the ones she is in the midst of, but we do have indications that there have been troubled times through her life and that she has built an outlet to get her through. Bos & Thureen had used weed as an aid in HIGH MAINTENANCE but this time around it is something else entirely. We learn that singing is Sam’s saving grace. As the little Teaser we have been provided proves, it seems she can whip up a tune at a moment’s notice.
Here is a reminder of the cast we are to get familiar with for the show.
Jeff Hiller (Nightcap) as Joel, whose vision-board dreams of Faith, Family, and high-end kitchen appliances are ripped to pieces in a spiral of joy, shame, music, and stress rashes, after he befriends his high school idol, Sam (Bridget Everett); Mary Catherine Garrison (HBO’s VEEP) as Tricia Miller, Sam’s resentful and scrappy sister, who is exhausted from trying to live up to hometown expectations; Danny McCarthy (The Ballad of Buster Scroggs) as Rick, Sam’s quietly unremarkable brother-in-law, whose secret sends Sam and Joel’s imaginations spinning as fast as the Kansas tornado that reveals the truth; and Mike Hagerty (HBO’s LUCKY LOUIE) as family patriarch Ed Miller, a stoic Kansas farmer who believes if you just keep your head down and work hard… you’ll reap what you sow. He eventually learns that ignoring problems only makes them grow. Recurring cast includes Murray Hill (Welcome to Flatch) as Fred Rococo, a University soil scientist by day, Master of Ceremonies in a flashy suit by night, who’s been through it all, done the work, and found his stable place of happiness in the land of sunflowers; Jon Hudson Odom (HBO’s LOVECRAFT COUNTRY) as Michael, Joel’s boyfriend who suddenly is playing second fiddle to Sam; Heidi Johanningmeier (100 Days to Live) as Charity, co-owner of the store Tender Moments with Sam’s sister Tricia; Jane Brody (Chicago Fire) as Mary Jo, Sam’s mother struggling with alcoholism.
The clip above makes me feel as if this tale is going to be a bit oddball & quirky and that’s okay. We await SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE coming in the New Year to HBO.